Winter Blast announces new features: Pyro in the Park, designated RV camping
The desert night skies are turning into a backdrop for the largest five-day firework display in the Southwest.
“This is our 30th year, and we are going to celebrate it,” said Kief Adler, a spokesman for the Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show. “We love returning to SARA Park to showcase the biggest and best fireworks that can be seen this side of the Mississippi.”
The Western Pyrotechnics Association (WPA)’s annual convention is scheduled from Wednesday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 17. On Wednesday, there will be an open shooting of fireworks, but no organized display, so there will be no admission charged on Wednesday only. There will be organized displays from Thursday through Sunday, weather permitting, and the gates will open at noon those days.
The WPA is comprised of firework shell manufacturers who hold their annual convention in Lake Havasu City to display their latest and greatest inventions. Those in attendance include pyrotechnicians associated with Disneyland, the Super Bowl, and July 4 firework shows in the Western U.S. As a result, the community is able to enjoy a spectacular show, including incredible ground displays.
In addition to celebrating its 30th anniversary, the event will feature a new organizer for its spectator experience. Jim Russell, owner of Havasu-based DSM Events, will be coordinating spectator entry. Russell is a Havasu event veteran having experience with more than 100 events.
“It’s an honor to be able to work with WPA to ensure that both their participants and spectators have the best experience possible at Winter Blast,” Russell said. “I’m looking forward to being able to bring my event experience to help enhance an already incredible event.”
The main spectator event will remain at Havasu 95 Speedway and the main gate for the event will remain at the most southern entry of SARA Park, closest to the Speedway. There will be no pre-sale tickets. Tickets will remain being available on the day of the show only. Admission can be paid in cash only at the main entrance gate on the day of the show. There are no refunds or rainchecks in the event of inclement weather.
The pyrotechnicians always aim to put on a show, however, they will delay, pause or cancel a show and those decisions may not always be able to be announced in hours prior to the event depending on weather conditions.
New this year is Pyro in the Park, a free family festival, which will be located in the baseball diamond closest to the Speedway. Spectators will be able to hear the firework announcers and partake in the fireworks festival, which will feature alcohol, beverage, and food vendors, and music from 4-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be better viewing for ground displays, in addition to aerial displays. There is no RV parking in this section of the event.
The best seating and viewing for both aerial and ground displays will remain at the Speedway. Grandstand seating will go on sale at 5 p.m. at the entrance to the grandstand.
There will be grandstand seating, handicap access, and access to food, beverage, and alcohol vendors. The cost is $7 per person (children 6 years old and younger are free with a paid adult), in addition to the vehicle entry fee.
A new feature will include new designated dry RV camping spots for a total $100 for up to five nights. RVs must be in place by noon daily. The RV camping spots at the Friends of the Fair Rodeo Grounds are sold out. The nightly shows are permissible due to weather. It is possible that there will be a last-minute cancelation of the show or a smaller show due to weather. Due to weather, it is not possible to say which night’s show will be the biggest.